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Academy at Sisters

Emotional Growth Boarding School

Academy at Sisters Program Information

Gender: Girls Only
Ages: 13 to 18
Grades: 8 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: Lodge Campus: 30; Silvis Campus: 28
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1995
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Academy at Sisters Contact Information

PO Box 5986
Bend, OR 97708
Phone: (800) 910-0412 Silvis
Fax: (541) 389-2897
School Contact: Denise Kelly-Simpson
Alternative Contact: Stephanie Alvstad
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

The Academy at Sisters is a small exclusive all girls boarding school for at-risk teens ages 13-18.

The Academy began in 1994 in beautiful Bend, Oregon, at the base of the Three Sisters Mountains, Faith, Hope and Charity.

The Academy is one of six therapeutic programs operated by J Bar J Youth Services, a private non-profit organization since 1968. Unlike many private programs, J Bar J is not affiliated with any larger corporate entity. We have provided a spectrum of services for at-risk youth and families for 40 years, and are proud of the hundreds of troubled girls who have successfully completed our programs.

Our on-campus academic programs are accredited with the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, registered with the Oregon Department of Education, and The Academy is licensed by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

The average length of stay at our Oregon boarding school is 14-18 months, but our program is open-ended. We also offer a transitional living program, Pathways, providing independent living within a guided and structured atmosphere.

All J Bar J programs for youth are based on a consistent philosophical approach to changing at-risk behaviors. We believe students must learn from the past, plan for the future, and live responsibly in the present.

The Academy operates a cognitive behavioral therapy model which follows evidence-based validated best practices. The Academy follows the constellational characteristics of successful programs as described by the National Institute of Health.

Successful programs for preventing violence and health-risking social behaviors have the following elements as per the NIH:

  • Derived from sound theoretical rationales

  • Address strong risk factors

  • Involve long term treatments lasting a year and sometimes longer

  • They follow a cognitive/behavioral strategy

  • They work intensively with those targeted for treatment using a clinical(individualized)approach

  • Are multimodal/multicontextual(speak to peripheral issues that surround problems)

  • Focus on improving social competency and other skill development strategies for targeted youth and families
    Are developmentally appropriate

  • Not delivered in coercive institutional settings (closed custody)

  • Delivery of services with fidelity (consistency)

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